The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2019 👑🎄 📺 – BBC
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The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2019 👑🎄 📺 – BBC


MUSIC: God Save The Queen As a child, I never imagined that
one day a man would walk on the moon. Yet this year,
we marked the 50th anniversary of the famous Apollo 11 mission. It’s still looking very good.
Your go. The Eagle has landed. As those historic pictures
were beamed back to Earth, millions of us sat transfixed
to our television screens as we watched Neil Armstrong taking a small step for man
and a giant leap for mankind, and indeed for womankind. It’s a reminder for us all that giant leaps often start
with small steps. This year, we marked another
important anniversary, D-Day. On 6th June 1944, some 156,000 British, Canadian
and American forces landed in northern France. It was the largest ever
seaborne invasion and was delayed due to bad weather. I well remember the look of concern
on my father’s face. He knew the secret D-Day plans, but could of course share
that burden with no one. For the 75th anniversary
of that decisive battle, in a true spirit of reconciliation, those who had formerly
been sworn enemies came together
in friendly commemorations either side of the Channel, putting past differences behind them. Such reconciliation
seldom happens overnight. It takes patience
and time to rebuild trust, and progress often comes
through small steps. Since the end of the
Second World War, many charities, groups and organisations have worked to promote peace and unity
around the world, bringing together those
who have been on opposing sides. By being willing to put
past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and democracy
once won for us at so great a cost. The challenges many people face today may be different to those
once faced by my generation, but I have been struck
by how new generations have brought a similar sense
of purpose to issues such as protecting our environment
and our climate. My family and I are also inspired by the men and women of our
emergency services and armed forces, and at Christmas we remember all
those on duty at home and abroad who are helping those in need and keeping us and our families
safe and secure. 200 years on from the birth of my great-great-grandmother
Queen Victoria, Prince Philip and I
have been delighted to welcome our eighth
great-grandchild into our family. Of course, at the heart
of the Christmas story lies the birth of a child, a seemingly small
and insignificant step overlooked by many in Bethlehem. But in time, through his teaching
and by his example, Jesus Christ would show the world
how small steps, taken in faith and in hope, can overcome long-held differences
and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding. Many of us already try
to follow in his footsteps. The path, of course,
is not always smooth, and may at times this year
have felt quite bumpy. But small steps can make
a world of difference. As Christmas dawned, church
congregations around the world joined in singing
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear. Like many timeless carols, it speaks not just
of the coming of Jesus Christ into a divided world many years ago, but also of the relevance even today of the angels’ message
of peace and goodwill. It’s a timely reminder of
what positive things can be achieved when people set aside
past differences and come together in the spirit
of friendship and reconciliation. And as we all look forward
to the start of a new decade, it’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps,
not the giant leaps, that bring about
the most lasting change. And so I wish you all
a very happy Christmas. # It came upon the midnight clear # That glorious song of old # From angels bending near the earth # To touch their harps of gold # Peace on the earth, goodwill to men # From heaven’s all-gracious King # The world in solemn stillness lay # To hear the angels sing # For lo the days are hastening on # By prophet bards foretold # When with the ever-circling years # Shall come the age of gold # When peace shall over all the earth # Its ancient splendours fling # And the whole world give back
the song # Which now the angels sing. #

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